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 News Release - November 12, 2014

Globus Medical Announces ALTERA(TM) Minimally Invasive Articulating Expandable Spacer

Featured at NASS Booth #1119

AUDUBON, Pa.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Globus Medical, Inc. (GMED), a leading musculoskeletal implant manufacturer, and the worldwide leader in expandable interbody technology, today announced the launch of ALTERA™, the first new minimally invasive fully articulating expandable spacer for spinal fusion. Designed for restoring lordosis and maintaining sagittal balance while reducing the challenges of insertion, the spacer is inserted at a minimized height, articulated into an anterior position, and then expanded vertically to optimize fit. The company is showcasing ALTERA™ as well as several recently launched products at the North American Spine Society (NASS) Annual Meeting, being held in San Francisco this week, Booth #1119.

ALTERA™ is the latest addition to Globus’ industry leading family of expandable spacers, and delivers the benefits of minimized insertion height, continuous expansion and optimized fit. Because of the articulation into anterior placement and the option for 8° or 15° profile angles, ALTERA™ optimizes lordosis compared to standard static transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) crescent-shaped spacers. Additionally, ALTERA™ allows for in-situ delivery of autogenous bone graft into, as well as around, the implant after it has been expanded.

“Globus has led the way with our growing portfolio of transformative, disruptive technologies; we have had great reception and ongoing success with our CALIBER®, RISE®, CALIBER®-L, LATIS™, and MONUMENT™ interbody cages. Each of these implants along with ALTERA™ offers a better solution over traditional cages, be it a simplified procedure, tailored and optimized fit, or ease of insertion with minimal impaction. We are excited about the prospects for ALTERA™, which is the fourth new disruptive TLIF expandable technology we’ve launched in as many years for Globus,” commented Andrew Iott, Senior Vice President of Product Development.

“This is a big improvement over other TLIF cages available today. The steerable articulaton and vertical expansion of ALTERA™, tailoring lumbar balance and proper posture without the need for successive trialing, is a game-changer. The ability to completely pack the expanded graft window through a separate port creates optimal fusion conditions,” commented Dr. Paul K. Kim, Neurosurgeon at Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates.


The ALTERA™ Spacer is an interbody fusion device intended for use in patients with degenerative disc disease (DDD) at one or two contiguous levels of the lumbosacral spine (L2-S1). DDD is defined as discogenic back pain with degeneration of the disc confirmed by history and radiographic studies. These patients should be skeletally mature and have had at least six (6) months of non-operative treatment. In addition, these patients may have up to Grade 1 spondylolisthesis or retrolisthesis at the involved level(s). The ALTERA™ Spacer is to be filled with autogenous bone graft material. These devices are intended to be used with supplemental fixation.

About Globus Medical, Inc.

Globus Medical, Inc. is a leading musculoskeletal implant company based in Audubon, PA. The company was founded in 2003 by an experienced team of professionals with a shared vision to create products that enable surgeons to promote healing in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Additional information can be accessed at

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